– I am very excited of winning this award. It gives me more confidence, hope and positive energy to consider my effort more seriously on my PhD study, more particularly within a unique research environment that Botnia Living Lab has provided for me, says Abdolrasoul Habibipour.
In the paper Drop-out in Living Lab Field Tests: A Contribution to the Definition and the Taxonomy the authors identified and classified 44 reasons for why people drop-out of living lab field tests before the project or activity has ended. It is a well-known dilemma; how do you keep users enthusiastically motivated throughout the process of testing an innovation in a living lab setting.
– As a first step of constructing a theoretical discourse we presented our own definition for drop-out in living lab field tests and developed a taxonomy for the identified drop-out reasons.
The Open Living Lab Days 2017 conference was held in September in Krakow, Poland. The Veli-Pekka Niitamo Prize for best academic contribution has been established in memory of Veli-Pekka ‘Vellu’ Niitamo, the Father of the Living Lab movement, long standing member of the ENoLL Council, and one of the founding members of the ENoLL Association. Every year, this prize is given to the best paper presented at the Research Day during the proceedings of OpenLivingLab Days.